‘Life-threatening surf conditions’ and ‘damaging winds’ in forecast for Oregon Coast

by News Staff KVAL Eugene Oregon

FLORENCE, Ore. – Wind gusts up to 70 mph on beaches and headlands – coupled with hazardous conditions in the surf zone – are in the forecast along the Oregon Coast as stormy weather hits the Pacific Northwest.

“Beaches and coastlines will become hazardous due to very large and life-threatening surf conditions,” the National Weather Service says. “Stay off beaches, rocks, jetties, piers, and other waterside infrastructure.”

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High Wind Warnings

Florence, Yachats and points north face a High Wind Warning, in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday.

“South winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected near beaches and headlands,” the National Weather Service in Portland says. “Residents should take action now to tie down loose objects in yards. Some damage can be expected from the high winds, especially to signs, tree limbs and power lines. Power outages are possible. Drive with extreme caution in the warning area and be prepared for flying debris.”

The south central Oregon Coast could see gusts up to 70 mph, forecasters said.

“South Central Oregon Coast including portions of Highway 101 and Cape Arago. Headlands and higher terrain are most likely to experience high winds,” forecasters say.

A High Wind Warning is in effect there from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Saturday.

“South winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 70 mph expected,” forecasters say. “Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Holiday decorations may be disturbed and blown about.”

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High Surf Warning

The Douglas, Coos and Curry county coastlines are under a High Surf Warning from 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

“Dangerously large breaking waves of 25 to 30 feet, especially along more southerly facing shorelines,” the National Weather Service in Medford said. “Extremely large breaking waves will create very hazardous conditions along beaches and area shorelines. Waves will inundate beaches and surge into normally dry areas. Infrastructure damage and significant beach erosion can be expected.”

Gale Warning

Also to be expected: Difficult if not dangerous conditions at sea.

A Small Craft Advisory expires at noon Thursday – replaced by a Gale Warning through noon Friday and then a Gale Watch through late Friday night.

“Strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility,” forecasters say. “Mariners should alter plans to avoid these hazardous conditions. Remain in port, seek safe harbor, alter course, and/or secure the vessel for severe conditions.”

According to the National Weather Service:

Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.